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A Samsung chief has revealed the company will spend billions of dollars on artificial intelligence, and the hope to convince you that there is nothing to fear.
His commentary on this week’s IFA tech show in Berlin against countless warnings about the AI of the likes of Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.
AI, or artificial intelligence, is a kind of computer technology that thinks for itself – smarter over time and respond to your requests, such as a human would do.
“For almost a decade a leader in the global research and development race to unleash the power of the AI…for the consumer,” said HS Kim, CEO of Samsung Electronics.
“Last year alone we have invested $14billion in research and development.
“We are also committed $22billion of investment for the next three years to advance AI…”
There is no shortage of AI devices in the wild today.
Amazon started the recent AI revolution with his Amazon Echo smart speaker powered by the Alexa digital assistant.
Google and Apple quickly followed suit with their own smart-speakers, the Google Home and the Siri-powered Apple HomePod.
Samsung has its own artificial intelligence, called Bixby – it is available on certain Samsung smartphones.
“In the short time that voice assistants are available, it is clear that they are still integral to the way people search for information,” Kim explained.
“With an estimated 600million people using voice-activated assistants at least once per week worldwide, devices such as this are the future of smart home technology.”
But Samsung faces a big problem: many people are afraid of AI.
It is not only the daily gadget fans who are afraid that some of the biggest names in the technology and science have cautioned about AI going rogue.
The late Professor Stephen Hawking once said: “I fear that the AI can replace humans completely. When people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that performs better than humans.”
And Tesla, PayPal and SpaceX founder Elon Musk warned that AI poses a “fundamental risk to the existence of civilization”.
Samsung’s HS Kim admits that this is a point of concern: “We need to empower people to feel that they have control over the future, we are working on.
“Our goal is to allow their minds to the possibilities of AI without fear can take over their lives.
“We do this through intelligent experiences that people in the first place. That are fun and safe, that learn and adapt to meet people’s changing needs.”
Kim revealed how Samsung has opened research centres for AI in the united kingdom and the USA, Russia, Canada, and its home market of South Korea.
He added: “in 2020, we expect thousands of AI experts working at Samsung labs all over the world.”
Earlier this year, The Sun spoke to a leading futurologist, Dr. Ian Pearson, who warned that the risk of global robot domination was very real.
“We have trained [artificial intelligence] to be as we are, trained it to feel emotions like us, but it will not be like us. It will be a bit like aliens from Star Trek is smarter and more calculated in its actions,” he explained.
“It is insensitive for the man to view us as barbaric. So if the decision to carry out its own experiments with viruses that it is made, will treat us as guinea pigs.”
And if it goes wrong, we are probably to blame.
At least that is the opinion of Professor Luciano Floridi, director of the University of Oxford Digital Ethics Lab.
“The real risks associated with AI as a whole human: wrong use, wrong choices, bad design, and missed opportunities,” Professor Floridi told The Sun.
“If something goes wrong, the responsibility will be ours. The only threat to humanity is humanity itself. The rest is science fiction.”
This story originally appeared in The Sun.